19 July 2018: RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing renewed and extended their lead battery research agreement with the Argonne National Laboratory (pictured) on July 16, which RSR Technologies’ president Tim Ellis said would result in major advances in lead battery technology.
The three parties’ cooperative research and development agreement has been working on new ways to enhance the performance of lead and other materials in lead batteries, and that will be extended for another three years.
Testing involves investigating the fundamental transport processes in lead batteries using high-energy X-ray techniques and 3D imaging, with a view to improving lead battery performance.
“We have been very pleased with the work accomplished since we entered into the CRADA (cooperative research and development agreement) with Argonne in 2016,” said Ellis. ”We not only have learned a great deal about the performance of lead, but have come to realize that much more work can be done.”
Bob Flicker, COO at East Penn, said: “We are looking forward to further work, in partnership with Argonne, to achieve an even deeper understanding of this essential battery technology.”
Under the extended CRADA, RSR and East Penn will pay Argonne to use the research laboratory’s technical facilities and scientific expertise through its programme ACCESS — Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science — a collaboration of scientists and engineers that works on a range of battery chemistries and technologies.
“The lead battery has had a significant impact in various applications over the past 100 years,” said Venkat Srinivasan, director of ACCESS. “We are excited to be able to leverage our newly developed state-of-the-art scientific tools to make this battery technology become even more valuable to consumers.”